Reducing LDL decreases the risk of heart attacks and strokes, especially in people who have other risk factors. Statins are the only cholesterol medication shown to reduce the number of deaths from heart disease caused by plaque buildup. Cardiovascular...
Are you among the 73 million Americans with cholesterol levels that current guidelines suggest should be lowered by taking a statin for the sake of your cardiovascular well-being? Have you and your doctor discussed the pros and cons of statin therapy and whether it is appropriate for your circumstances? If not, now is the time to do so. Too often, patients are given a prescription with little or no discussion of what the drug can mean for their health, and that affects their willingness to take it or stay on it. Bad news about drugs travels fast, and reports of side effects are often exaggerated and rarely presented in a way that is meaningful to those who might be affected.
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